Public Health Job Opportunities

Director of Public Health

The Taney County Health Department seeks a full-time, exempt, Director of Public Health.  Serving residents and nearly six million visitors annually, the Taney County Health Department (TCHD) proudly serves Taney County, including the Branson area, through a variety of health, wellness, and safety programs.  Creating opportunities for healthy lives within our community, TCHD first opened its doors in 1961 and is governed by an elected five-member board.   Valuing learning and quality improvement, TCHD is an accredited LPHA through the Missouri Institute of Community Health (MICH) and was among the first 76 health departments in the nation to become nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Located in Southwest Missouri, Taney County’s population is 53,355 (2010 US Census) and hosts millions of visitors annually.  The economy is largely driven by the hospitality and tourism industry, which necessitates scalability of programs and services.  The county presents unique challenges as part of the area is very rural, with the Branson area providing the bulk of economic activity and social services to residents and visitors.

The successful candidate will be a proven public health administrator with a track record of outstanding community engagement, innovative leadership, and proactive approaches to public health.  Desired characteristics of the successful candidate include transparency, accountability, compassion, and integrity.  The incoming Director must value teamwork, collaboration, champion outstanding service, and hold others and self to high standards of conduct.  The environment is ripe for strong leader that can be a change agent, making an impact in both the agency and the community.



  • Emerging issues and strategies related to public health programs and service.
  • Public health accreditation, policies, principles and practices.
  • Principles and practices used in operational management, government/public sector management, budget and finance, contract/grant management, applicable federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes.


  • Work with partners to maximize the impact of public health.
  • Ensure that public health is considered in all policy development.
  • Demonstrate principles and practices of effective leadership, staff selection, training, supervision, administrative performance management, and positive motivational techniques.
  • Apply administrative principles and practices, including; goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the management of employees through multiple levels of supervision and working in a complex, political environment.


  • Navigate and sustain relationships with people from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Evaluate and engage with health care legislation that impacts the department.
  • Drive recommended legislative changes to improve department functionality.
  • Communicate health data and scientific findings to individuals with a variety of training and backgrounds.
  • Engage and interact with community partners, medical professionals, administrative staff, and attorney’s while engaging in a constructive two-way conversation.
  • Network with other external agencies to assure optimal department function. 



    A Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or related field.  A Master’s degree in Public Health Administration, Public Health, a Public Health discipline, or a closely related degree and (7) years of management experience.   Additionally, formal leadership training are preferred.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Salary is competitive with other rural Public Health Departments.  The salary will be combined with a generous benefits package which includes paid vacation, holidays, and sick time; LAGERS Retirement system, and health insurance.

    Deadline Date: February 1, 2018


View the job description and application instructions online here.